Solano County

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Thomas Martin, manager for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York in this district, with offices at Vallejo, is a native of Ireland, but has been a resident of this country since the days of his young manhood. For the past twenty years and more he has been engaged in the life insurance business in California, for ten years having been manager of the affairs of the above company in the Vallejo district, and he is widely known in life insurance circles throughout this section of the state.

Mr. Martin was born in County Roscommon, near the city of Athlone, at the head of beautiful Lough Ree, adjacent to the River Shannon, in central Ireland, June 30, 1876, and he is a son of Michael and Ellen (Coyle) Martin, both now deceased, who spent all their lives in their native Ireland. Thomas Martin was reared and schooled in the midst of these surroundings, and as a lad he was employed as a clerk in a dry goods store in Athlone, a line of work which he continued for eight years in different parts of Ireland, at the end of which time he came to the United States, and for two years thereafter he followed the same business in two of the largest stores in the city of St. Louis. In 1905 Mr. Martin came to California, and at Los Angeles, seeking larger opportunities, he embarked in the life insurance business as a profession, which he followed there for ten years, during which time he became thoroughly familiar with all its details. In 1915 he was promoted to the position of district manager for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York, with attention to that great concern's affairs in the Vallejo district, comprising Solano and Napa counties, and he has since made his home at Vallejo.

In 1908, at Los Angeles, Thomas Martin was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Dolan, who was born in Iowa, and they have two children, Gregory and Joseph Martin. The Martins are members of the Catholic church, and Mr. Martin is an active member of the Vallejo council, Knights of Columbus, and fourth degree, general Vallejo assembly.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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